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Health Ministry Gets $100 Million for Start-Up of Removal of User Fees

Health Ministry Gets $100 Million for Start-Up of Removal of User Fees

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry Gets $100 Million for Start-Up of Removal of User Fees FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health and Environment has received a sum of $100 million from the Ministry of Finance to fund preparatory activities being undertaken to meet the start-up date for the removal of user health fees come April 1.So far, $60 million has been disbursed to the four regional health authorities – North-East, Southern, Western and South-East.According to Minister of Health and Environment, Rudyard Spencer, the funds would be used to assist in the provision of immediate infrastructure needs, such as the upgrading and patient care areas, including additional chairs and the erection of tents where applicable.He was speaking at a press conference, held at the Ministry of Health and Environment on King Street, today (March 28).The allotment will also be used to provide benches and filing cabinets for medical records, in addition to purchasing appliances, such as fans and screens and the erection of directional signs.“It will also be used in the transportation of some patients, staff and laboratory samples to and from Health Centres and Hospitals for diagnostic and emergency purposes,” he disclosed.The Minister also said that $40 million was earmarked for the purchase of small medical equipment and medical supplies, such as stethoscopes, examination lamps, nebulisers, mobile suction machines, wheelchairs, blood glucose testing machines and autoclaves.“These are being purchased utilizing the emergency procurement mechanism to ensure that the health facilities will have the supplies that are necessary to provide quality patient care,” he pointed out.As of April 1, user fees at public health facilities, except the University Hospital of the West Indies, will be removed. RelatedHealth Ministry Gets $100 Million for Start-Up of Removal of User Fees RelatedHealth Ministry Gets $100 Million for Start-Up of Removal of User Feescenter_img Health Ministry Gets $100 Million for Start-Up of Removal of User Fees UncategorizedMarch 30, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

Area One Police Sergeants Successfully Complete Supervisory Management Course

Area One Police Sergeants Successfully Complete Supervisory Management Course

first_imgRelatedFletcher’s Land Students Show Off Spelling Skills Photo: JIS PhotographerWoman Police Sergeant, Audrey Ramsay (right); is all smiles as she receives a certificate to mark her successful completion of the Sergeant Supervisory Management Course, from Regional Manager, Scotia Insurance, Michael Isaacs (left); during the closing ceremony for the course held at the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica campus, on Friday (November 1). Area One Police Sergeants Successfully Complete Supervisory Management Course National SecurityNovember 4, 2013Written by: Bryan Miller Area One Police Sergeants Successfully Complete Supervisory Management CourseJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img Story Highlights28 Sergeants have all successfully completed a six-week Sergeant Supervisory Management Course.Area One comprises the parishes of Trelawney, St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover.Superintendent Perkins says law enforcement is a perishable skill that must be cultivated frequently. RelatedCSJP Utilises Dominoes for Life Concept to Reach At-Risk Youth Twenty Eight (28) Sergeants of Police from within Area One have proven themselves ready for higher responsibilities within the force, as they have all successfully completed a six-week Sergeant Supervisory Management Course conducted by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Staff College.The training, which took place at the Area One In Service Training Centre, at the Montego Freeport Police Station, began on September 23 and ended with a closing ceremony on Friday, November 1, at the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus, where they were handed their certificates of successful completion. Area One comprises the parishes of Trelawney, St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover.Superintendent of Police in Charge of St. James, Egbert Parkins, commended the participants for successfully completing the course despite personal hurdles and urged them to try always to remember what they have learnt.Offering advice, he told them, “never take action based on emotion, what you do will have life-long consequences to the citizens you deal with; never allow a victim to be victimized a second time due to your poor police practices; and do not get complacent.”He further suggested that in their day to day activities they should seek out motivated coworkers as mentors and to remember that “even teachers have teachers.”“Law Enforcement is a perishable skill that must be cultivated frequently, stay sharp by doing crisis rehearsal in your down time and also on your own time. You must always be inquisitive, suspicious and thorough, if not you are unfit for the duty,” Superintendent Parkins emphasized.He reminded them that they are the first line of defense for the community and that their job entails walking a fine line. He advised that as police officers they must always follow the path of truth.“Always remember this, right is right even if no one else is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone else is doing it,” he exclaimed.He also urged the graduates not to get overly consumed by their work at the expense of their immediate families..In delivering the main address, Regional Manager, Scotia Insurance, Michael Isaacs, told the sergeants although they are in positions of leadership, they are there to serve and protect their colleagues and the general public.  He urged them to seek to treat and deal with real issues as against symptoms. RelatedHouse Approves Legislation to Place $1 Million Limit on Cash Transactionslast_img read more

From the mag: Kwagga’s positive outlook

From the mag: Kwagga’s positive outlook

first_img World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsored贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsored熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsored ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsored Posted in Features, SA Rugby mag, Top headlines, Uncategorized Japan-based Kwagga Smith made the most of a challenging situation as coronavirus wreaked havoc, writes CRAIG LEWIS in the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine.*This article first appeared in the May issue of SA Rugby magazine, which is now on sale.Subscribe hereFor Smith, Japan has become something of a second home. He has been playing for the Yamaha Jubilo in the Japanese Top League since 2018, and he spent nine weeks in the country last year as part of the Springboks’ World Cup squad that won the Webb Ellis trophy.Yet, when SA Rugby magazine caught up with Smith towards the end of March, the global game was in a state of flux as almost every sports tournament was cancelled or suspended die to coronavirus.For those such as Smith – based overseas and away from family when travel bans began to be enforced – it was a particularly uncertain time. And yet, with the sort of courage and conviction he so often demonstrates on the rugby field, he remained steadfast in calmly facing the challenges.‘I really enjoy playing in Japan. Thankfully my club is situated in the countryside and it’s quite similar to where I grew up in South Africa. Normally us foreigners would head to a river and get a braai going. That’s something we enjoy and it’s bit different to the guys in the big cities, where they all stay in flats. Of course, it’s changed quite a bit due to concerns over the virus and now we try to avoid going to Tokyo or Osaka because those are the main areas where everything happens. We’re grateful it’s a bit quieter where we are and that we’ve been able to train and keep busy.’Adding to the unprecedented circumstances was the fact all Top League fixtures scheduled for March were already suspended after a Red Dolphins player was arrested for alleged illegal drug use. ‘We had been working on preventative measures together with all the Top League teams but they were insufficient. As a result we have betrayed our fans and society, and we must work diligently to restore trust,’ a league statement read.At that stage in early March, the competition had already been postponed for two weeks to deal with the outbreak of coronavirus in response to a request by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It all added to a period of uncertainty for club-bound players left in limbo until it was finally confirmed on 23 March that the remainder of the Top League season would be called off in response to the coronavirus pandemic.‘It was a scary time,’ Smith admits. ‘Everything is shutting down and of course you’re worried that something happens and you can’t get back to South Africa. In times like these you want to be close to family. And even when I get back I’ll have to go into self-isolation for two weeks and just take the necessary precautions.’As if to validate this point, just a couple of days after our chat with Smith, his wife Ilke headed back to South Africa before him. She was met by the surreal sights of an airport and aeroplane that were mostly empty. Smith remained club-bound until eventually the belated announcement confirmed the Top League would not resume.Indeed, during this uncertain period in March, many players based overseas remained subject to club training despite wanting to return home to their families. It was a situation complicated by the unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 outbreak.‘As is the case locally, national governments make recommendations on how they want industries and citizens to deal with Covid-19,’ said MyPlayers CEO Eugene Henning in mid-March. ‘It is then up to the employers to decide how they will implement those recommendations. This will vary from country to country, but since the players are still employed by their clubs, although they may not be training or playing, they are bound by what those national governments decide and how their employers choose to approach those recommendations.’It left players such as Smith trying to make the best of a difficult situation. ‘There’s a lot of stuff to do here if you know the right places and you need to make the most of it. We try to keep busy and when we play away games in some of the areas where there are a lot of South African players, we normally meet up after the game or stay over and enjoy that time together. I’ve visited guys like Duane Vermeulen, Malcolm Marx and Willie Britz, and then there are others such as Wimpie van der Walt, Lourens Erasmus and Jacques van Rooyen. We try to get to each other. We recently had a weekend off and some of us went to the mountains and were able to do some snowboarding and see Mount Fuji.’And after all this time in his ‘second home’, how is his Japanese coming along? He laughs when asked this question: ‘It’s a very difficult language to learn. We’re trying to do what we can but the best way is to spend time here and hear it being spoken. We’ve tried to pick up what we can.’Eventually, conversation shifts to some rugby. After all, just a few months ago Smith was celebrating in Yokohama as the Springboks powered to the World Cup title against the odds. For Smith, it was also the culmination of a rather remarkable personal journey. With the former Blitzboks superstar having shifted his focus to fifteens, he achieved a lifelong dream when he made his Springbok debut in a one-off Test against Wales in Washington on 2 June 2018. However, a largely second-string side suffered an inauspicious defeat and while Smith had found his way on to the national radar, he didn’t feature for the Springboks again that year.There was always a bigger picture in mind, though, and the abrasive flank says he knew exactly where he stood and what he needed to do to break back into the Springboks’ playing squad.‘When I made my debut two years back in Washington, the coaches told me they just wanted me to keep playing the same brand of rugby I did with the Lions and in Japan. They were extremely honest with me about what was expected. To come from sevens and to be able to break into the Springbok side was a great honour.’Coming off an outstanding Super Rugby season last year – where he top-scored for the Lions with seven tries in 11 matches – the 26-year-old was rewarded with a start in the Rugby Championship as the Boks secured a draw against the All Blacks in Wellington and he featured twice against Argentina. Ultimately, when it comes to Springbok selection, one of the fundamental attributes the coaches look for is a player who has something different. Call it an X factor, or any other term you like, but Rassie Erasmus has always been a big fan of players with courage, high work rate and an unquantifiable strength that sets them apart. As a former sevens player with unique attributes, Smith fit the bill.‘Overall, I think he is energetic. He is opportunistic and a ball-player,’ Erasmus said before selecting Smith to face the All Blacks. ‘He has a big engine on him. Obviously he is not one of the biggest guys but if you take people like Sam Cane and those kinds of players, he matches them size-wise. He has a big heart and is a great team man and I think what he does on attack and defence matches any other player in Super Rugby.’Despite immense competition for the Springboks’ few back-row berths, Smith duly earned World Cup inclusion. Although he would only start two pool games, against lowly Namibia and Canada, the Boks championed the importance of a complete squad effort on the way to claiming the Webb Ellis trophy for the third time.‘It was amazing for me to get into the squad at the beginning of the Rugby Championship; that’s where it all started to build up,’ Smith reflects. ‘It can be difficult if you’re not in the team every week but we had a great squad spirit. Schalk Brits brought great energy and we did our best to prepare the team for each opposition during training. The sessions were intense, but also lots of fun.‘To end the journey by lifting the World Cup was so special. Then you get back home and the reality hits you. We got off the plane at OR Tambo airport and went on the trophy tour; that’s when you see how everyone was united and how much it meant to everyone in South Africa. You look back and see that you’ve made a difference in the bigger picture.’And although no one can be certain what the future holds for the game, it’s memories such as these that will last a lifetime. AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsored ‘ ‘ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsored Published on May 17, 2020 GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsored From the mag: Kwagga’s positive outlook ‘ ‘ Post by Craig Lewis ‘  91  1 Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby Maglast_img read more